Track, basketball and tennis are among the sports that will be represented when the Whitefish Bay Athletic Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremonies on April 23 in The Link.
State track Hall of Fame coach Earl Zamzow; state track champion and football star Jim Bourne; girls basketball and tennis star Tiffany Stone; and ground-breaking tennis player David Pelisek will be included in this year's group, said Blue Duke Athletic Director Jason Kasmarick.
A select committee met earlier this year and sifted through numerous nominations before settling on this quartet of worthy stars.
Zamzow was a major influence at two high schools, having served at West Allis Central for 13 years before spending his last 24 years of teaching and coaching at Bay (1964-88).
Success followed him wherever he went, as from 1965-77, his boys track team finished in the top two of the Suburban Conference's three major seasonal track competitions 28 out of 39 times, including two league indoor, four relay titles and six outdoor championships. In addition, under Zamzow, the Blue Dukes were WIAA State Class A champions in 1970 and finished second in 1972, 1973 and 1975.
An Army Reserve officer while teaching at Bay, Zamzow stressed taking care of one's self both mentally and physically to both his students and his athletes. He was a stickler for conditioning and truly loved the sport of track. Despite an old-fashioned and conservative bearing, it was said he could relate to people of all different ages, backgrounds and beliefs.
"If you look in the mirror and believe you have given 100 percent, you should feel proud," he was quoted as saying.
Bourne was an all-state football player in 1987 and won the shot put (60-5½) and discus (176-5) with then school-record performances. He earned a football scholarship to the University of Wisconsin and lettered three years as a tight end. He also earned four letters in track at UW, including two indoor and two outdoor. He was also named president of the school's Gridiron Club and graduated with a degree in engineering.
His Bay track coach at the time, Bob Sorgent, said Bourne was willing to go "the extra mile" and was a positive influence in the classroom and on the athletic field because of his willingness to work with other students or younger athletes.
"Jim was friendly, mingled well with his peers, easy-going and had good common sense," wrote Sorgent in a letter of recommendation. "Jim was also very prompt, dependable and industrious."
Stone was and remains a Blue Duke through and through, according to her bio.
The 1987 graduate led the girls basketball team to a WIAA state runner-up finish in 1986 under coach Jack Nagle and served as team captain in both 1986 and 1987. She was Bay's sportswoman of the year in 1987 and was a first-team all-state basketball selection and WBCA All-Star.
In tennis, she was a state tournament qualifier and team MVP, as well as a two-time team captain.
She earned a full NCAA D1 basketball scholarship to William and Mary and was a four-year letter winner for the team. She is still the school record holder for career rebound average and is second in total career rebounds. She scored over 1,000 points and grabbed more than 1,000 rebounds in her career.
More importantly, in her 1991 senior season, a move was made by William and Mary to eliminate the team as a way to rein in costs. Stone and her teammates led a very public legal challenge and waged a PR campaign to keep the program alive under Title IX. The battle was won, and the program is still thriving.
In 2003, Stone was elected to the Colonial Athletic Association "Legends Team." She has also served on William and Mary's basketball steering committee.
In 2012, she started Bay's Jack Nagle Memorial Scholarship, awarded to an outstanding female senior athlete (over $16,000 has been raised so far).
Pelisek, along with 1975 state singles champion Mike Kutchin, is practically ground zero for Bay boys tennis. He was a state doubles champion with Clark Gridley in 1975, as the Blue Dukes broke the eight-year WIAA state team title stranglehold of area rival Nicolet. Pelisek later went on to finish third in the WIAA state singles tournament in 1977.
He was ranked in the top 30 nationally in singles as a youth and was considered one of the best doubles players in the nation at the same time, too. He eventually played first singles and first doubles at the University of Wisconsin and was an All-Big 10 selection and a NCAA tournament qualifier.
Former coach Carl Trimble said in his letter of recommendation that "it would be very difficult to find an individual with higher moral character and standards than Dave." Pelisek won the sportsmanship award in the Western Junior Davis Cup as well as Bay's prestigious Hilgendorf Memorial Award as a senior.
Gridley said Pelisek always brought out the best qualities in his teammates.
Pelisek has also been involved in various nonprofit activities, including serving as president of the Milwaukee Tennis Education Foundation, which works to foster the growth of the sport in the greater Milwaukee area.